Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Humes Philosophy

Hardcover | March 4, 2015

byJacqueline Taylor

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Jacqueline Taylor offers an original reconstruction of Hume's social theory, which examines the passions and imagination in relation to institutions such as government and the economy. Reflecting Subjects begins with a close examination of Hume's use of an experimental method to explain theorigin, nature and effects of pride, an indirect passion that reflects a person's sense of self-worth in virtue of her valuable qualities, for example, her character or wealth. In explaining the origin of pride in terms of efficient causes, Hume displaces the traditional appeal to final causes, andis positioned to give an account of the significance for us of the passions in terms of a social theory. Subsequent chapters reconstruct this social theory, looking in particular at how the principle of sympathy functions to transmit cultural meanings and values, before examining Hume's account of social power - especially with regard to rank and sex. Turning to Hume's system of ethics, Taylor arguesfor the importance of Hume's more sophisticated moral philosophy in his Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, since it emphasizes certain virtues of good moral evaluation. She demonstrates that the principle of humanity stands as the central concept of Hume's Enlightenment philosophy.

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Jacqueline Taylor offers an original reconstruction of Hume's social theory, which examines the passions and imagination in relation to institutions such as government and the economy. Reflecting Subjects begins with a close examination of Hume's use of an experimental method to explain theorigin, nature and effects of pride, an indire...

Jacqueline Taylor is Professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco. She co-edited the second edition of the Cambridge Companion to Hume, and has published many articles on Hume, as well as on contemporary moral psychology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Experimenting with the Passions2. Toward a Humean Social Theory: Sympathy, Belief, and Pride3. Power and the Philosophy of Our Passions4. Moral Authority and Moral Competence5. The Dangers and Dignity of Pride6. Humanity and the Dignity of Human Nature